Due to the unprecedented conditions resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, businesses have to accept the reality of a remote or virtual workforce to continue with their operations. However, companies discovered that productivity under the virtual scheme is the same if not better because of the presence of technologies like Desktop as a Service (DaaS) and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).
Cloud-based DaaS and VDI are offered by Microsoft through its Azure Cloud Platform. The Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop is a free service available to Microsoft 365 and Azure subscribers. Azure Virtual Desktop is a virtual machine that hosts a desktop and app virtualization service that are running on the cloud. It delivers a virtual desktop experience and remote apps to any device.
The modern workforce has become a remote or mobile workforce out of necessity or as a part of a company’s overall productivity strategy. In order to successfully do their jobs, the remote workforce must have access to the applications and systems on the cloud platforms. The Azure virtual desktop allows the workforce to access a virtual Windows computer running the apps needed by the business. Companies can setup multi-session Windows 10 deployments that can run in multi-user virtual scenarios.
Meanwhile, if employees are working from their homes or anywhere else, it is very likely for sensitive company data to be transferred and stored locally at some point. Transfer of sensitive data even if only briefly is very risky even with the best practice security precautions. If you will add the variable of employees using their own personal devices and networks, the whole process becomes a recipe for disaster.
While Azure Virtual Desktop allows employees to deploy virtual machines, sensitive data is securely instanced in the Azure cloud. This means that sensitive company data is never transferred out of the company’s control structure because the data transfer only happens between Azure cloud instances.
If your organization subscribes to Microsoft 365 or an enterprise version of Windows, a desktop instance can be established for each user on the Azure Virtual Desktop. Your remote workforce can access a ready-made virtual machine running Windows from anywhere, at any time, on any device.